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Four Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Winter

Peak foliage has just passed, the winds are starting to sting your face, and the nights are coming earlier. It’s nearing the start of winter! With the welcoming of the new season, here are four ways to prepare for a Williamstown Winter.

  1. Layer up!

With the temperatures dropping, it’s much easier to catch a cold. To fight these pesky viruses, it’s important that you layer up, and no, it doesn’t mean that you’ll look like a snowman. You can layer up and still look cute. Sweater vests with blazers, turtlenecks over undershirts topped with trench coats,  cute skirts and knee high (platforms) over double layered tights, neutral-colored gloves to go with anything, cute earmuffs, tees over hoodies, leggings under trousers, or puffer jackets are all ways to stay warm while being stylish. Layering just means insulating heat. Do whatever you must to look cute, as long as you’re warm and cozy underneath. Plus, if the viruses aren’t convincing enough, keep in mind that cold winds break skin.

  1. Get good sleep

If you’re anything like me, waking up has been getting exponentially harder each morning. Beds are just so warm and cozy, and you might not feel ready for the cruelties of the day. So, make sure to get good sleep, preferably at least 8 hours. Set up a soothing alarm, and prepare your clothes for the day the night before. Don’t give yourself time to think, but get up as soon as you hear the alarm and start your day. It’s much easier than it sounds once you get used to this routine, and it’s important that you start before winter actually starts.

  1. Stay hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of water and electrolytes, if necessary! The cold weather is already hard on our immune systems. You want your body to be as healthy and ready for external dangers as possible. Hydration is also key for regulating our body temperatures. It’ll be a good defense against the approaching winter season.

  1. Treat yourself

Lastly, winter is hard on a lot of people, not only physically, but also mentally. It becomes so much easier to give up on yourself or get burnt out. Make sure to take care of your precious minds in advance. Be proactive. Give yourself something to look forward to each week, whether it be a trip to Walmart, a quick movie, or a little gathering with friends. Find a balance between work and rest while it’s still sunny out!

I wish you all the best in your endeavors as winter approaches! Stay strong!

Annabelle Kim

Williams '24

Hi! I'm Annabelle Kim, and I'm from NYC. I'm a first year at Williams majoring in Sociology, concentrating in STS and Biochem. I'm a huge foodie and wellness advocate. When I'm not browsing through online catalogs, I'm playing the piano, napping, or taking long walks.
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